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God's Last Warning Message

Lesson 36

We are living now in the closing days of Earth’s history. Through divine inspiration Paul tells us the conditions that would be prevalent in these last days. Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5. God has spoken. These conditions are in evidence all about us. To meet this crisis God has a special message designed for these last days. It is His last warning message.

Note: Before God destroyed the world by a flood of waters, He sent a message of warning to the antediluvians through Noah (Genesis 6). Angels came from heaven and warned Lot and his family to leave Sodom. There was Moses’ warning of the plagues to fall on Egypt. Jonah was sent to warn the inhabitants of Nineveh before their destruction. Jesus warned the Jews of the destruction of Jerusalem which took place in A.D. 70.

In these last days what is God doing to warn the world?

God has a special message for our day. It is the message of Revelation 14:6-12. This is to be given just before the return of Christ (Revelation 14:14-16).

 

Note: This term “the everlasting gospel” indicates the unchanged gospel that was presented to Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Peter and Paul. It is the everlasting good news concerning Christ our Saviour. It is a Christ-centered message with Christ as our Sin Bearer, High Priest, and our daily Bread of Life – man’s only Saviour.

Note: This message which says “The hour of his judgment is come” could not have been given before. The judgment hour arrived in 1844 in fulfilment of Daniel 8:14. The investigative judgment is going on now. It is imperative that this message be proclaimed warning men and women that time is short.

Note: Recognition of God as Creator is the basis of all true religion. The fact that God is the Creator is the foundation of God’s authority as well as of our responsibility to God. This last warning message unites the fact of creation with the judgment.

Note: Babylon is a symbolic term standing for religious apostasy in opposition to Christ and His people, especially in the closing phase of the age long conflict between good and evil. Many of God’s people are still in Babylon. In these latter days God is calling them out to take a stand on the side of God’s truth. God’s people will be commandment keepers (Revelation 12:17). Read John 10:16, 27.

Against what does the third angel warn?

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11.

Note: This is a message warning against worshipping the beast and his image and a warning to beware of receiving his mark. Verse 12 holds up the saints in contrast to those who worship the beast.

 

Conclusion: The issue in the last conflict will be clear. We are all called upon to decide between God and man. If we should choose “the commandments of men” instead of God’s commandments our worship will be in vain (Mark 7:7). There will be a clear distinction between those who receive the mark of the beast and those who are designated saints. The latter keep God’s commandments. The former apparently do not. Whereas the Christian apostasy allegedly upholds the Decalogue, but not the fourth precept, it is evident that the issue in the final conflict will be the fourth commandment – the Sabbath and loyalty to the Creator. God holds a person responsible for the light he has (John 9:41). The saints will also have the faith of Jesus. Let us not reject God’s last warning message. Let us be willing to heed the warning.